The Kumano Kodo follows the old highway from Tsugizakura-oji to Kobiro-toge Pass. Here the trail enters the forest, climbing and descending a series of passes, the first being Waraji-toge Pass.
The trail descends the Me-zaka ("female slope"), passes by the remains of the Nakodo-jaya ("match-maker teahouse"), and climbs the O-zaka ("male slope") to Iwagami-oji (elevation: ~650 meters), the highest point on this section of the route.
The path continues down along a stream to a statue of Jagata Jizo, who protects travelers from evil fatigue-inducing spirits, then crosses over a small bridge to the remains of the Yukawa settlement before climbing up to Mikoshi-toge Pass.
Hidehira-zakura Cherry Tree
Mikoshi-toge Pass Sunset
Distance: ~14 km
Time: 6~8 hrs
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
Difficult rating: 3
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Access: Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama to Nonaka Ipposugi bus stop (a 30-min walk to Tsugizakura-oji from the bus stop): Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound).
Hosshinmon-oji is the last stop on this bus route, which starts in Tanabe and goes through Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen: Bus Timetable #6.
Nearest bus stop: Nonaka Ipposugi (Start), Hosshinmon-oji (Finish)
Accommodations: There are no accommodations at Hosshinmon-oji. There is a variety of lodgings available in Hongu, Yunomine Onsen, and Kawayu Onsen.
Maps: Nakahechi East, Hongu area, Hongu, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen
Because of damage to the trail there is a ~4 km detour from Nakado-jaya Teahouse remains to Jagata Jizo, south of the main pilgrimage route. The trail follows a forestry road for a short time before climbing over the Iwagami-toge pass (~650 meters elevation). The trail then descends to the Jagata Jizo following another forestry road for part of the way.